Tens of thousands of students gathered for marches across New Zealand on Friday to kick off a planned second global school strike for climate action.
The latest round of protests, which builds on last week’s marches by millions of children around the world, is planned to roll through Asia and Europe before culminating in a rally in Montreal, Canada, where teenage activist Greta Thunberg is scheduled to speak.
Thunberg, who is credited with inspiring the school strikes, this week lambasted world leaders for a lack of climate change policies at the United Nations Climate Action summit in New York this week.
Tens of thousands of activists took to the streets of New Zealand’s capital Wellington on Friday as a second weekend of climate protests got underway before spreading around the world
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Spanish actor Javier Bardem joins marchers in San Sebastian, Spain, on Friday as marches take place around the world for the second weekend in a row over climate change
Students demonstrate during a worldwide protest demanding action on climate change in Rome,
Students, activists and demonstrators take part in worldwide climate strike action in Lausanne, western Switzerland
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Greenpeace activists hold slogans placards reading ‘Climate strike’, ‘Forests are burning’, ‘Cut the lungs’ during the Global Strike for Climate rally, in Moscow, Russia
Students hold posters during a rally organized on the theme of Global Strike for Climate Change in McLeod Ganj, near Dharamsala, in India
In New Zealand, scores of protests were held in towns and cities across the country with students carrying signs including ‘We’re skipping our lessons, so we can teach you one’ and ‘You can’t comb over climate change’.
Organiser School Strike for Climate NZ tweeted that it had received credible reports that 170,000 people were striking nationwide, a figure that would represent 3.5% of the country’s population.
Local media put the crowd in the capital of Wellington, where students were delivering a petition to the national parliament calling on the government to declare a climate emergency, at around 40,000.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who is in New York at the climate summit, on Thursday announced she had support from four other countries for a proposed new trade agreement to combat climate change.
Ardern said negotiations would begin with Norway, Iceland, Costa Rica and Fiji early next year, adding that she hoped other nations would sign on.
Demonstrators holding posters and placard march during a Global Strike for Climate rally in Yangon, Myanmar
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Students holding placards take part in the Global Climate Strike in Kathmandu, Nepal
School students and activists take part in the Global Strike for Climate rally outside of the City Hall in Malmo, Sweden
Demonstrators march on Chain Bridge across River Danube in Budapest following the call of Fridays For Future Hungary and Extinction Rebellion Hungary
Students demonstrate during a worldwide protest demanding action on climate change in Rome
School students and activists take part in the Global Strike for Climate rally in Venice, Italy
Thousands of people gather near Parliament to protest about the impacts of climate change in Wellington, New Zealand, on Friday as a second weekend of marches got underway
Climate change activists march down Queen Street in Auckland, New Zealand’s most populous city, on Friday September 27
Climate change supporters march down Queen Street to Quay Street on September 27, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand
A pregnant activist with a message on her belly protests in front of Parliament during a climate strike march in Wellington
A member of a Climate activist group puts her fake oil-covered hands on the glass Pyramid at the Louvre museum in Paris
New Zealand protesters were again ready to counter arguments that they should be in school, instead of out on the streets protesting.
‘My education doesn’t matter if I have no future or if I have no land,’ Elizabeth Glassie, a protestor in Auckland, told Radio New Zealand.
About 500 students in the South Korean capital, Seoul, urged more government action to address climate change, marching towards the presidential Blue House after a downtown rally, where they said the government gets an ‘F’ in climate action.
‘I believe government action will change only if the voice of young people are heard because we’re the ones … who are going to be the greatest victims of a climate crisis,’ 15-year-old Kim Do-hyeon, who was one of the organisers, said.
Students in Rome, Italy, carry magazines bearing the face of the climate activist Greta Thunberg during the global school strike
In Lausanne, Switzerland, activists inspired by lyrics from pop star Lizzo’s hit Truth Hurts, wrote they were ‘terrified’ for their future
Students scale a statue in Milan during the day of strikes taking place in cities across the world inspired by Greta Thunberg’s weekly protests
In Rome, the activists missed school to wave placards on the sunny streets which said, ‘You have broken our lungs’
In Milan, thousands took to the streets waving banners saying, ‘Mummy what have you done?’ and ‘I am the solution’
Leo Korhonen (centre) and classmates from Koskela school take part in the Global Climate Strike at the Parliament House in Helsinki, Finland
In Lausanne, young activists stand behind a large yellow banner which reads: ‘Fed up of cars, take the bus!’
Thousands of demonstrators turned up to the Parliament House in Finland to protest climate change and call for greater action on the issue
In Turin, school students stand behind a banner with an Extinction Rebellion sign which says: ‘Let’s change the system, not the climate’
South Korean students in Seoul built a mock earth and brought chairs and blackboards to the streets for their protest today
In Turin, school students skipped school to protest on the streets waving placards which said, ‘The oceans are rising and so are we’
Tibetan school children carry posters during an awareness march in Dharmsala, India, today as part of a worldwide demonstration